UC Berkeley settles Tightwad Hill lawsuit
UC Berkeley has settled a lawsuit filed by the penny-pinching denizens of Tightwad Hill, which for more than 80 years has offered free viewing of Cal football games.
The university said Friday it would include the hilltop fans in future discussions about alterations to the eastern side of Memorial Stadium. The school has proposed adding seats to that side of the stadium that would block views from Tightwad Hill, which technically is the lower part of Charter Hill.
The settlement will not prevent the university from blocking the free views, but it requires UC to consult with the plaintiffs before altering the eastern side.
With other lawsuits tying up more imminent renovations to the 85- year-old stadium, the university essentially decided to let the Tightwad Hill issue go for now, said Bob Milano, an assistant athletic director.
New dean named at Haas School of Business
A UC Berkeley alumnus and former professor has been named dean of the university’s Haas School of Business, the university announced Friday.
Richard Lyons, the chief learning officer at Goldman Sachs in New York, takes over at Haas for Tom Campbell, the former congressman who is considering a run for governor.
Campbell had been dean since 2002, except for a yearlong stint as California’s finance director, during which Lyons was interim dean.
Detour at Oakland International Airport
If you’re going to Oakland International Airport today, take the 98th Avenue exit from Interstate 880 instead of Hegenberger Road because of a temporary closure for work on an overhead billboard that spans inbound lanes of Airport Drive.
Airport Drive will be closed from 7 a.m. to noon at the intersection of Hegenberger and Doolittle Drive. Detours will be marked.
Officials recommend allowing extra time to get to the airport as the temporary closure may cause traffic delays. Visit www.oaklandairport.com for information.
Emergency road repair snarls traffic
An emergency pothole repair on the High Street overpass clogged traffic for most of the day Friday on northbound Interstate 880.
The two right lanes closed about 8:30 a.m. for Caltrans crews to repair a 3-foot hole that opened up in the seam of the overcrossing. All lanes reopened by about 3 p.m., the California Highway Patrol said.
Traffic was backed up past the Marina Boulevard exit in San Leandro.
Minor explosion knocks out downtown power
Power was restored to about 1,300 customers in downtown Oakland about 3 p.m. Friday after a minor underground explosion and electrical fire in a PG&E utility vault, a PG&E spokeswoman said.
At about 1:30 p.m., fire crews responded to a report of smoke coming out of a manhole at 18th Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Way. The fire was quickly extinguished and a PG&E repair team was called to the scene. No one was injured, but downtown utility customers lost power.
“It was some sort of equipment failure in our underground system,” said PG&E spokesperson Tamar Sarkissian. “The cause is still being investigated.”
— FROM STAFF REPORTS
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